If you are a fan of psychological crime thrillers and you like your plots held together by intelligently crafted, fully fleshed-out characters, then Beast is going to be a real treat.
Light on violence, heavy on intrigue and dread, this directorial debut by Jersey-born Michael Pearce sees him cleverly interweave the claustrophobic qualities of his small island homeland into the fabric of his characters’ lives.
Beautifully complex roles written for the lead gal, lead guy, and the gal’s mother (bejaysus, the mother!) come screaming to life through the exquisite performances of the main actors.
It is always refreshing to find a great piece of art in this wonderful genre which is hampered by the deluge of unsophisticated crap that masquerades as psychologically thrilling. Beast is the real deal and, I dare say, you’re going to lap it up.
Wonderful Cinema strongly recommends you do not ruin the impact the director meticulously planned for you by watching trailers or reading spoilers. For those of you who cannot resist:
Director: Michael Pearce
Year, Country, Language: 2017, Great Britain, English
Stars: Jessie Buckley, Johnny Flynn, Geraldine James (click here for full cast)
Screenplay: Michael Pearce
Cinematography: Benjamin Kracun
Editing: Maya Maffioli
Score: Jim Williams